Strategic Plan 2013-2018 @ the Library

Updated 2017

Underlying Principles

Principle 1: Curate authoritative content and deliver it whenever, wherever, and however needed.

Principle 2: Transform the user experience to promote optimal utilization of library resources, tools, and services.

Principle 3: Extend our reach through mutual appreciation, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.

Principle 4: Effectively communicate our values, initiatives, and services to internal and external audiences.

Principle 5: Engage ourselves – individually and collectively – in continuous learning, critical inquiry, and reflective practice.

Major Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: At graduation, every student will have achieved standards-based information literacy proficiencies. [Students will leave LMU having mastered standards-based information literacy practices that facilitate lifelong learning, critical thinking, and a successful future.]

Objective 1.1: Increase students’ information literacy proficiencies through a program of cumulative skills training integrated with curriculum.

Objective 1.2: Increase collaboration of faculty and other campus units in promoting and assessing information literacy proficiencies. [Integrate into the student experience.]

Objective 1.3: Prepare librarians to effectively advance and support information literacy at LMU.

Objective 1.4: Increase graduate students’ information literacy proficiencies through a program of cumulative skills training integrated with curriculum.

Goal 2: The library’s physical and digital spaces will promote optimal utilization of resources, tools, and services.

Objective 2.1: Improve efficiency and effectiveness of basement storage and retrieval to maintain timely access to physical resources while maximizing user spaces.

Objective 2.2: Meet users’ expectations for spaces conducive to individual and group study. [Design user spaces for comfort and productivity.]

Objective 2.3: Improve wayfinding in library physical and digital spaces.[Improve user navigation.]

Objective 2.4: Correct deficiencies in the facility that impede building operation. [Improve physical infrastructure to meet immediate and long-term uses.]

Objective 2.5: Improve safety and longevity of legacy collections through increased preservation standards.

Goal 3: The library will engage in sustainable stewardship of physical and digital collections in support of academic excellence, local and global citizenship, and the Catholic intellectual tradition. [The library will engage in careful acquisition and sustainable stewardship to preserve and grow physical and digital collections in support of the university’s mission.]

Objective 3.1: Meet users’ expectations for access to authoritative content in the format desired. [Improve capacity.]

Objective 3.2: Increase external gifts and grants to supplement university funding for development, maintenance, preservation, and utilization of collections.

Objective 3.3: Improve the preservation of university history through increased selective submission of records, media, and artifacts to University Archives.

Objective 3.4: Increase access to archival and other local collections through digitization and metadata. [Specifically, increase access to library special collections and university archives.]

Objective 3.5: Lead campus in exploration and application of emerging mechanisms of scholarly communication.

Goal 4: The library will promote LMU’s competitiveness through excellence and accountability in performance.

Objective 4.1: Improve the performance of library staff through organizational and staff development.

Objective 4.2: Prepare library student employees with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to post-baccalaureate work or career development.

Objective 4.3: Recruit and retain a diverse staff, professional and paraprofessional, that reflects the diversity of the LMU student population.

Objective 4.4: Employ systems and best practices that promote evidence-based practice and data-driven decision-making.

Goal 5: The library will contribute to formative and transformative education of the whole person through outreach and programming.

Objective 5.1: Prioritize library programming to be more intentional, integrative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary. [...and collaborative.]

Objective 5.2: Support and promote the research and creative output of LMU students and faculty in innovative, creative ways. […as well as output of the entire LMU community.]

Objective 5.3: Strengthen the library’s role as a cultural and intellectual hub that connects LMU with communities off campus.

Objective 5.4: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of library communication with its users.

Objective 5.5: Improve and increase the library’s presence in LMU Orientation initiatives across campus to better serve our new students, faculty, and staff.

PDF version of the Strategic Plan 2013-2018